Products of the Year: Highlight the low-light with the LTC0600

December 2001 Surveillance

In order to qualify as a product of the year, a product should be technologically advanced, it should contain features that surpass the ordinary and it should be able to thrash all competition. The LTC0600 high-performance digital camera from Philips Communication, Security & Imaging (CSI) has proven its mettle in all the above categories making it the ideal candidate for the company's product of the year.

The LTC0600 Series colour CCD cameras are 1/2 inch format high performance digital cameras designed to provide high-quality images under difficult light conditions. Proof of this can be found in the fact that the LTC0600 recently won a prestigious government residence contract.

The picture produced by the camera is dynamically optimised in relation to the contents of the scene. This is achieved by the application of interrelated automatic functions - including automatic contouring (the camera monitors the sharpness of the picture), automatic black-level (the camera monitors the levels of black in the image), smart backlight compensation (backlight compensation is programmable to operate over various areas of the picture), automatic light control (automatic light control is centrally monitored in the camera), automatic white balance (extensive colour analysis and a sophisticated set of fuzzy logic provide the best possible control of the camera's automatic white balance), input voltage range is very wide which compensates for voltage drops over long cables and low power supply. All these features combine colour in the lowest light - even where the human eye cannot distinguish.

Where adjustments are necessary, dedicated pushbuttons on the side of the camera are used for the most common functions with feedback information displayed on the monitor screen. The camera can also be configured from a PC and accessed remotely through the remote control system using Philips' custom designed software.

With text-in-picture, a 24-character text can be added in the picture. A total of three character strings can be stored, one for each mode. The character set includes many international symbols. The LTC0600 contains a lens detection wizard that automatically sets the camera up for the installed lens type, manual iris, dc-iris or video-iris. Added to these features, the camera provides an indicator for the proper adjustment of video iris lenses.

The cameras can be supplied in two power versions - one for low voltage DC/AC supply, the other as mains supplied, and can be synchronised from either external CVBS, external V-pulse, linelock or internal X-tal. The selection is automatically set by the synchronisation signals connected to it. Phase adjustment is possible direct on the camera or via remote control.

For further details contact Philips CSI on tel (011) 471 5250, e-mail:

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